New Community Rangers to tackle anti-social behaviour hotspot areas in Boston

The council hopes the rangers will “act as a deterrent” and tackle the root causes of crime in the town
The new Community Rangers in Boston.The new Community Rangers in Boston.
The new Community Rangers in Boston.

Boston is set to see “a significant boost in community safety measures” with the introduction of two new Community Rangers, says Boston Borough Council.

Starting full-time this week, the duo will join a multi-agency team comprising of three Lincolnshire Police and an anti-social behaviour (ASB) officer from the council’s Community Safety team.

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Together, they will tackle four hotspot areas of crime and ASB in Boston: Red Lion Street, The Market Place, West Street, and Central Park.

The Community Rangers will tackle four hotspot crime and ASB areas of the town centre.The Community Rangers will tackle four hotspot crime and ASB areas of the town centre.
The Community Rangers will tackle four hotspot crime and ASB areas of the town centre.

The initiative will enable rangers to intervene quickly when incidents occur in hotspots, “aiming to prevent escalation”.

A spokesperson for the authority explained: "It also seeks to identify those involved in lower-level offending for early intervention to prevent further escalation. The presence of community rangers at peak times will also deter drug-related activity and sexual offending.”

The project follows a successful application for grant funding from The Home Office.

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Councillor Anne Dorrian, Leader of Boston Borough Council, commented: "The safety and well-being of our community is paramount, and the addition of these dedicated Community Rangers marks a significant step forward in our efforts to address crime and anti-social behaviour in Boston.

“We have listened to our residents who say that sometimes they don’t feel safe in the town centre and we want them to feel reassured by the presence of these additional officers. Our aim is to create a safer environment for all residents, workers and visitors and to achieve that, we have worked collaboratively with our partners to invest in evidence-based projects. This initiative reflects our commitment to ensuring that Boston remains a vibrant and secure place to live, work, and enjoy."

The spokesperson added: “The project will aim to introduce capable guardians into areas lacking presence, acting as a deterrent and tackle the root causes of crime in hotspots across the town through education and engagement with key groups affected by offending.

"Whilst also providing welcome reassurance to residents and visitors, the project will support Partners in delivering the ‘Serious Violence Duty’, with bids coordinated through the Lincolnshire-wide Serious Violence Core Priority Group.

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“Additionally, the project builds on the work of ‘Operation Plotting’, launched by Lincolnshire Police in Boston to address anti-social behaviour, street-based violence, and serious harm. Operation Plotting provided three years of data mapping and in-depth analysis and environmental assessments to identify the four hotspot locations.”

The community rangers have no ppowers of arrest. The spokesperson explained: “[They have] powers granted under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, includes Civil Injunctions, Community Protection Notice Powers and local powers to issue a range of powers under ASB, which a range of enforcement notices.

“They are also authorised officers for the council to enforce our Public Space Protection Order for Alcohol (which is across the Town Centre) which gives them the power to issue Fixed Penalty Fines for refusing their lawful request to stop drinking alcohol immediately within the designated area or leave immediately - failure to action that request means they can issue a £100 Fixed Penalty Fine.”